African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative – Current and former African leaders are now stepping up as part of the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative, which was launched in January 2016 to catalyse and sustain political will. The group has committed to developing a Nutrition Accountability Score Card to track progress by country and region. New analysis released Monday from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition shows increased investments to meet the World Health Assembly target of reducing stunting by 40 percent by 2025 could add US $83 billion in additional GDP growth in just 15 Sub-Saharan African countries.
University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle – Numbers are brought to life by maps produced by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. They illustrate rates of stunting, wasting and underweight in children — the best indicators for measuring child nutrition — across Africa from 2000 to 2015. These advanced statistical methods reveal progress at a level of detail that shows change almost down to the village level.
Seqota Declaration – In July 2015, the Government of Ethiopia declared it would strive to end child malnutrition within its borders by 2030 in what is known as the Seqota Declaration. The Seqota Declaration was named after a town that was the epicenter of a catastrophic famine in the 1980s. The Government has developed the multi-sectoral National Nutrition Program (NNP-II) as a guiding framework to achieve this goal.
African Development Bank – President Adesina launched the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative in 2016.
World Bank – A new Africa-specific investment framework by the World Bank and Results for Development showing the costs to achieve the WHA stunting, wasting, anemia and breastfeeding targets was also unveiled. Achieving these four global nutrition targets in sub-Saharan Africa would require an increased investment of approximately US $2.7 billion/year for 10 years. Meeting the targets would require increased investment of approximately US $1.8 billion/year from donors and US $750 million/year from African governments over the next decade.
The framework identifies that significant progress can be made by starting with investment in a subset of high-priority, most cost-effective interventions, including Vitamin A supplementation, supportive breastfeeding policies, and food fortification. This subset package of priority interventions can be implemented across Sub-Saharan Africa for an increased annual investment of approximately US $700 million/year over the next 10 years. This would require an increase in spending of approximately US $203 million/year from national governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and additional US $400 million/year from donors. The full analysis from the World Bank and Results for Development can be found here.